1. What is UnitingCare?

UnitingCare is one of the largest non-government providers of community services in Australia. UnitingCare provides services to older Australians, children, young people and families, indigenous Australians, people living with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities.


2. What is Pancake Day?

UnitingCare Pancake Day is held every year on Shrove Tuesday. It’s traditionally the final day to eat all the fat, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent – a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter.
Each year hundreds of people register to hold events in their homes, schools, churches, businesses and community groups. They cook and sell pancakes to raise funds to support UnitingCare’s work with people in need, including people living without a home, disadvantaged children, families in crisis and those living with disabilities.


3. When is Pancake Day?

This year Pancake Day will be on Tuesday 28 February 2017 and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by hosting a Pancake Day event. If you are unable to hold an event on the 28th of February, you can do so anytime throughout the month.


4. What’s different about UnitingCare Pancake Day in 2017?

In 2017, Pancake Day is looking to support people living in poverty. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, people find themselves in such a situation as a result of issues such as homelessness, abusive relationships, addictions, financial hardship, illness etc.

  • Poverty is growing in Australia with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line (ACOSS).
  • 603,000 or 17.7% of all Australian children are living in poverty (ACOSS).
  • Domestic violence is the biggest cause of homelessness for Australian women, with almost half of the women with children staying in homeless assistance services escaping domestic violence.

We hope to provide UnitingCare agencies with the necessary funds to provide a variety of crisis support services in local communities.

So by holding a Pancake Day event, your efforts will not only be fun but will go towards helping the extensive community care work of UnitingCare and its integrated work with people living in crisis.

To find out more about how Uniting helps those doing it tough in our communities please click here.


5. Where do the funds go?

Funds raised from pancake sales and donations help UnitingCare provide support to people doing it tough in Victoria and Tasmania each year.

UnitingCare Pancake Day is all about local people helping local people. All money raised in Victoria and Tasmania will support services within these states.

UnitingCare provides a diverse range of services, including:

  • Emergency accommodation, with help to get into secure housing.
  • Individual, family and financial counselling and support services.
  • Assistance with education and training opportunities.
  • Services for frail, older people.
  • Support and assistance for people with physical, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.
  • Support for people with drug and alcohol dependency issues.
  • Adoption information and foster care.
  • Tenancy/consumer and legal advice services.
  • Support for vulnerable children, young people and families.


6. How do I register to hold an event?

It’s easy! Simply click here and register online, or call us on 1800 060 543


7. How do I organise my event?

Holding an event is fun and easy! Simply download a planning guide where you‘ll find all the information you need including choosing a location, publicising your event, and stacks more.


8. Where do I hold my event?

You can hold an event anywhere! The workplace, schools and colleges, local parks, cafes and shopping centres, the main street of your suburb, churches, sporting clubs and in the home are all popular venues for Pancake Day events.


9. How do I publicise my event?

Once registered you will receive a host pack containing promotional material and a media release for you to send to your local media. Try and make your event really creative so that the media will want to be involved – perhaps have a pancake flipping race or a pancake eating competition, arrange interviews with your local radio station, invite local celebrities such as the Mayor or local footy players.


10. How will UnitingCare help me?

You will receive a complimentary event host pack which will give you heaps of tips, ideas and fundraising tools to help make your event a success, including a planning guide, posters, balloons and a media release. If you get a bit stuck, don’t hesitate to contact us.


11. When will I receive my event host pack?

We will start sending event host packs in January. If you haven’t received your pack by the beginning of February (or 5 workings days after you register, if you register in February), please phone us toll free on 1800 060 543 and we will follow this up for you.


12. How can I help UnitingCare if I’m unable to host an event?

There are other ways you can support UnitingCare if you’re unable to host an event;

  • Attend a public event near you.
  • Make a Pancake Day donation online OR call us toll free on 1800 060 543.
  • Spread the word and encourage someone you know to host an event so you can attend as a guest!



Funds raised

13. How much should we charge for each pancake?

We encourage groups to charge $3 per pancake. It’s up to you whether you charge extra for toppings but perhaps you could do a special deal for your customers, for example, two pancakes for $5, or charge an entrance fee for a pancake flipping race. You can be as creative as you like…every cent counts!


14. Do I charge GST?

No, all events held by registered UnitingCare Pancake Day groups are exempt from charging GST on the sale of pancakes.


15. What do we do with the money we raise?

It is important that you return your funds raised as soon as you can after your event. The sooner you return your funds, the sooner we can put them to good use in UnitingCare agencies! All you need to do is complete your Report on Funds Raised form and return it to
Uniting, PO Box 24154, Melbourne, VIC 3001.
Funds can be sent in the following ways;

  • Direct deposit, just make sure the name of your group is part of the deposit description so we know exactly who the money is from.
  • Credit Card.
  • Cheque/Money order payable to UnitingCare.
  • Cash, but please do not post it! All cash must be delivered in person to the UnitingCare office at Level 4, 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000.


16. What if I can’t find my funds raised form?

Download a funds raised form here.


17. How do I find my nearest UnitingCare agency?

If you would like to nominate a UnitingCare agency to receive your funds, you can find your nearest UnitingCare agency on our agency directory, or give us call.



Cooking Tips

18. How do we cook lots of pancakes?

Use a BBQ with a flat top. Just be sure to clean off any meaty taste with fresh lemons before cooking.


19. How big do we make the pancakes?

It’s up to you really but we recommend about the size of a saucer or small dinner plate.


20. How long do we cook the pancakes?

When the pancake has been flipped on both sides, is crisp and golden brown on the outside, fluffy and fully cooked on the inside, it’s ready!


21. How do we stop pancakes sticking to the BBQ?

After each batch of pancakes, be sure to spray the hot plate with cooking oil. Don’t use butter because it burns on BBQs.


22. How do we keep our pancakes hot and fresh?

Stack 5 – 10 pancakes, wrap them in foil and pack them in an esky. Polystyrene containers are good for keeping pancakes warm too.